Dave’s Bio

I’m a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and conflict resolution professional with over fifteen years of experience. I work with groups struggling with complex problems and fragile relationships. 

I’ve helped teams create strategies and solutions to tackle a wide array of complex challenges. More and more, I’m called on to help groups harness the dynamics of conflict and collaboration. I especially enjoy working with large groups, and have facilitated and moderated events for over 200 people. Online, I take refreshing and innovative approaches to virtual facilitation. 

My approach is informed by twenty years in the design and technology industries. With a background in human-centred design and design thinking, I’ve led design and strategy teams and consulted with international and Fortune 500 companies. 

Dave is also a skilled professional writer and editor who uses simple language to communicate clearly and effectively. My wife says I’m funny, but not always in a good way.

Training, Certification and Techniques

I completed the ICA Professional Facilitator Program in 2008, and was certified by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) in 2009. I’ve also earned certifications from: 

I use a selection of facilitation techniques from the Technology of Participation, Open Space Technology, BarCamp, the National Charrette Institute, the World Cafe and interest-based conflict resolution. Other training includes The Art of Hosting with the Berkana Institute.

Sectors and Industries

I’ve designed and facilitated meetings, consultations and workshops for:

  • Corporate and business clients 
  • Community, and industry organizations
  • For-profit companies and corporations of all sizes

I’ve worked in corporate sectors that include:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Building and construction
  • Consumer electronics
  • Groceries and consumer-packaged goods
  • Health care
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Performing Arts
  • Tele-communications
  • Transportation

I’ve worked in government sectors that include:

  • Economic development
  • Justice
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Planning and development
  • Public parks
  • Policy and governance
  • Public transportation